Nothing gets tongues wagging quite like a celebrity breakup. We all want to know the grubby details - who left who, when and why. But nothing fuels the drama like a love triangle, especially when stars leave their husbands or boyfriends for a same-sex relationship.
Love is love and same-sex relationships are no longer the celebrity scandal they once were, but it doesn’t mean they don’t still have the power to make jaws drop, especially when they seemingly come out of the blue.
When it comes to celebrity break-ups, what we don’t want to hear is the phrase “irreconcilable differences.” It’s boring. Come on, give us details. Dumping your hubby for another woman? Now, that’s worth reading about.
Miley Cyrus is the latest celeb to be photographed getting intimate with a lady friend fresh from splitting with her husband. Here’s a list of other celebs who also hit the headlines for doing the same thing.
15 Angelina Jolie Dumps Husband Number One
Angelina Jolie met Brit actor Jonny Lee Miller on the set of the 1995 movie Hackers. The pair quickly wed but it wasn’t long before Jolie's attention was caught by Japanese model Jenny Shimizu. According to the New York Daily News, the women hooked up while Jolie was still married to hubby number one, who she divorced in 1999.
14 Sex And The City Star Cynthia Nixon
Things looked like a sure thing for actor Cynthia Nixon and partner Danny Mozes, who were married for 16 years and had two kids, before separating in 2003. Just a year later, Nixon began dating education activist Christine Marinoni and the couple married in 2012.
13 Liam Who? Miley Hooks Up With Kaitlynn Carter
Just eight months after getting married, Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth announced their shock split. But the surprises didn’t end there, with the singer snapped getting intimate with newly single Kaitlynn Carter on holiday, just days later. According to Elle, Carter and Cyrus have also been spotted enjoying a PDA-filled night in West Hollywood.
12 Coming Out Later In Life: Wanda Sykes
Comedian Sykes was married to record producer Dave Hall from 1991 until they divorced in 1998, after which she came out to her parents, according to the UK’s Express newspaper. But it wasn’t until 2008 that she publicly came out as a lesbian, having already married her wife Alex Niedbalski.
11 Tennis Ace Billie Jean King Bats for Progress
Sporting icon Billie Jean King was married to sports promoter Larry King (not the TV talk show host) for 21 years. During this time, King had an affair with her secretary, Marilyn Barnett, and though the Kings divorced in 1987, the tennis ace didn’t openly discuss her sexuality until 2000.
10 An Orange Is The New Black Romance
Orange Is The New Black writer Lauren Morelli was married to husband Steve Basilone for a little over two years until she met actor Samira Wiley on the hit show. She filed for divorce and wrote an essay for Mic titled "While Writing for 'Orange Is the New Black,' I Realized I Am Gay.” That was that.
9 A Hollywood Marriage Ended That Ended In Controversy
Amber Heard's marriage to Johnny Depp came to an explosive, messy and disturbing end in 2016. Heard filed for divorce amid claims of domestic violence, which he strenuously denies. Page Six reported that Heard and former flame Tasya van Ree were shacking up while still married to Depp, and sure enough, the pair were snapped together soon after the separation.
8 Maria Bello Fell For Her Best Friend
After splitting from her long-term partner - and father to her son - Dan McDermott in 2006, actor Maria Bello dated a few more men before finding love with her best friend, Clare Munn. In 2013, the actress penned a “Modern Love” op-ed for The New York Times, opening up about the relationship.
7 Top Gun Star Kelly McGillis
This twice-married star, who shot to fame alongside Tom Cruise in the movie Top Gun, came out in 2008. The actress said she was "done with the man thing,” and in 2010 she entered into a civil union with Melanie Leis, who used to be a bartender at McGillis’s ex-husband’s bar.
6 Later, R-Patz. Kristen Stewart Now Dates Girls
Kristen Stewart was very publicly busted cheating on her Twilight co-star and boyfriend Robert Pattinson, yet the couple somehow managed to give it another shot. Spoiler alert: it didn’t work out, and soon after the split, Stewart’s relationship with Alicia Cargile became public.
5 Anne Heche Hooked Up With Ellen
Anne Heche became one of Hollywood’s most talked-about stars when she ended her relationship with comedian Steve Martin and went public with a new woman on her arm - none other than Ellen DeGeneres. The pair became the hottest (and possibly only) openly same-sex couple in Tinseltown at that time, drawing immense scrutiny from the tabloids before splitting in 2000.
4 Family Ties Star Meredith Baxter
Family Ties actor Meredith Baxter made the headlines in 2009 after coming out during an interview with Matt Lauer on Today. Baxter has been married four times but after divorcing her final husband in 2000, she embarked on her first same-sex relationship, having finally come to terms with her sexuality.
3 Sarah Paulson Dates Men And Women
This American Horror Story star is currently dating actor Holland Taylor, a woman 32 years her senior. Prior to the relationship, however, Sarah Paulson had dated men (though not exclusively) and even had plans to marry male playwright Tracy Letts.
2 Filmmaker Julie Cypher Left Husband For US Songbird
Director Julie Cypher met songstress Melissa Etheridge on a video shoot in 1998. Two years later, Cypher left her husband to move in with the singer, and the couple went on to have two kids together. The relationship lasted 10 years.
1 Lindsay Lohan Dumped UK TV Star For Longtime Girlfriend
It’s rumored actress Lindsay Lohan dumped British TV personality Callum Best for gal pal and DJ Samantha Ronson. The pair had a high-profile, tabloid-heavy relationship back in 2008. According to The Mirror newspaper, Lohan has since clarified her sexuality, claiming to only be interested in men.